Okay, I'm putting together a crew for a "Star Trek" fanfiction that I'll be writing some time in 2018. It will be set after "Voyager," and basically be a series of short stories revolving around this new crew. I have all of the main characters figured out except for one; the doctor. Every time I think I have an idea, I realize it's too similar to either a canon doctor on "Star Trek," or one of my other characters for this story, or I just can't get invested in the idea. In short, I need suggestions for a doctor character. If it helps, the U.S.S. Oberon's mission is to chart the wormholes of the galaxy. So they'll be traveling to all four quadrants of the galaxy. I considered listing the characters I already have; but I'm afraid if I do that, this thread will just be filled with people discussing those characters, instead of helping with the one that's still missing. So to save time, here are ideas for a doctor that I have already scrapped, and why. The old wise one/grumpy one: The ship's counselor is a snarky, badass old lady. So whatever species or gender the doctor ends up being, I don't want their role in the story to be "the old wise one," or "the old grouch," because those roles have already been taken. Unless there's a radically different way for me to spin it. The... not-old...grumpy one: McCoy ripoff. Young, idealistic dweeb: Bashir ripoff. Joined Trill: I've already got a joined Trill in the main cast, and I don't want him as the ship's doctor for a few reasons. (His snarky personality would make him a McCoy/EMH/Cambridge/House ripoff; doctor doesn't fit with his character; there's already an improperly joined Trill doctor in the "Star Trek" books, etc). Andorian: The captain is Andorian. Of course there's no reason we can't have more than one Andorian on the senior staff, but if that's the case than the Andorian doctor would need some defining trait other than just being Andorian. Aenar: I love these guys. Problem is, I already have a few telepaths in the cast, and being so similar to the captain's species in addition to that wouldn't help. Cardassian: I already have one. (The pilot is a Cardassian war orphan raised by Bajorans.) Romulan: I already have a ship's counselor who is a Vulcan/Romulan hybrid, and a former spy. Counselor fits with her backstory and personality; doctor does not. I don't want another Romulan onboard, because I think it's pushing it just to have the (half of) one I have already. Vulcan: I considered a young Vulcan who secretly has a wild side, that he gets out with the excuse of needing to "familiarize" himself with "different cultures" (and their booze and boobies), but I scrapped that for two reasons. One, it's too similar to a different character I've already got (and I like that character better than this Vulcan one), and two, I don't want the ship's pervert to be the ship doctor. That would cross the line from funny to just plain creepy IMO. I'd still consider a Vulcan doctor, but I have no idea what else I could do with a Vulcan character. Vorta: One of the earliest concepts I had was a discarded Vorta clone, who'd been revived after dying, but found he'd already been replaced by a new clone in the Dominion, and wound up aboard this Starfleet ship when he had nowhere else to go. Problem is, a former bad guy cut off from his "gods" forced to discover his individuality seems....er.....just a tiny bit repetitive, for a Voyager fan anyway. Dr. Icheb: I like to imagine that when Icheb grew up, he went into medicine, to make up for all the crimes he committed as a drone, and later with the "Borgletts," and to rebel against the fact that his parents designed him to be a weapon. But, I already have a young, idealistic dweeb in the cast, and Icheb being an ex-Borg would be too similar to Seven of Nine's story arc. Unless there's a new way I could possibly spin this.... Betazoid: A Betaziod doctor might seem like a good idea, as he could sense his patients' pain and all that; but I already have several telepaths in the cast already. Ocampa/Talaxian/any Delta Quadrant species: I already have an Ocampa onboard, which is pushing it already. And I don't want her as the doctor, because I want her to be as unlike Kes as possible. A non-humanoid: There is a character who is not Humanoid--she's a sort of mollusk type creature from a gas giant--but I feel making her the doctor would be far too similar to Zoidberg from "Futurama," and wouldn't make much sense. Ideas that I'm still considering... Bajoran: So far, I feel this one has some potential. A Bajoran who was a doctor during the Occupation would have experience with all kinds of techniques the typical Starfleet doctor wouldn't think of in a pinch. He or she would also obviously have some kind of relationship with the Cardassian kid. But, I would NOT want to go the predictable, cliched route of the "Bajoran hates the Cardassian for stupid racist reasons," nor "One of them lost their faith in the Prophets, and the other must help them regain it!" Basically, I'm unsure about this one because all the possibilities seem very cliched. Human: Always a possibility. I just don't know what kind of personality or backstory to give them. I already have a former Maquis for the security officer, and time travel in the first officer's background. I guess with those two there, it might make sense for the doctor to be the one "normal" human, but I would still need a personality for them. For the record, I have a recurring character in mind who is an average human, from the Lunar colony on Earth's moon. She is transgendered, which is not a big deal in the 24th Century. Basically her character would serve as the average human foil to the other, not-so-average human characters. I'd consider making her the doctor. Being trans could possibly even fit with her backstory, if seeing doctors save lives in the hospital while she was transitioning is what inspired her to go into medicine. I'm just not sure if another human will be interesting enough to carry the story as a regular. And I fear a transgendered doctor could lead to readers making lots of tasteless jokes related to sex change operations, or something. Any suggestions for this ship's doctor are appreciated.